What to Do and See in Edinburgh

Make the most of your visit to Edinburgh with our list of top attractions. If you’re in the city for the first time, don’t know where to start or live here, and want to go out, we’re here to inspire you. Whether it’s museums and iconic landmarks or the most unusual places, we’ve got them all. 

1. Learn why Edinburgh Castle is so famous

The number one spot to explore while visiting Edinburgh. The castle is located in the heart of the city and creates the atmosphere travelers are looking for. Step inside the ancient building and immerse yourself in the history of Scotland. Discover what events and personalities made the country what it is today and get mesmerized by the magnificent interiors of Edinburgh Castle.

What to see in Edinburgh Castle:

  • The Royal Palace
  • St. Margaret’s Chapel
  • The Great Hall
  • Crown Jewels collection
  • Prisoner of War Exhibition

Location: Castlehill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle ticket: £21 and £18 if booked online

2. See the ancient church — St. Giles Cathedral

Discover Edinburgh’s most significant church. Learn about Scotland’s religious and cultural history while admiring the dramatic Gothic architecture of St. Giles Cathedral. Explore the church’s interior to be amazed by the stained glass windows and other outstanding details.

What to see in St. Giles Cathedral:

  • The statue of John Knox
  • The Thistle Chapel
  • Memorials to national figures
  • Gothic Chairs

Location: Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Admission: free

3. Have fun at the National Museum of Scotland

Located right in the center of Edinburgh, a popular museum offers fascinating experiences, from ancient artifacts to interactive exhibits that help explore how the world works. It is easy to forget about time, especially if you plan to visit with children. Bonus tip: try new immersive trails for the best experience. Also discover the best things to do in Edinburgh.

What to see at the National Museum of Scotland:

  • The Newstead Helmet
  • Dolly the Sheep
  • Muonionalusta Meteorite
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Arthur’s Seat Coffins

Location: Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Admission: free

4. Climb Arthur’s Seat

Regardless of the weather, millions of tourists flock to this famous destination. The largest peak of an extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, is enveloped by legends such as the one of King Arthur. Though some argue whether the place is related to the Celtic hero, it still has a serene atmosphere and offers a fantastic view of Edinburgh.

Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Admission: free

5. Travel back in time at the Royal Mile

Immerse yourself in the past of the Old Town. Located between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile is a must-see for everyone who wants to feel the city’s spirit. If you plan to visit Edinburgh in August, you will be amazed by the festival atmosphere on the streets of the Royal Mile.

What to see along the Royal Mile:

  • The Real Mary King’s Close
  • Scottish Whiskey Experience
  • The Scottish Storytelling Centre
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • Grassmarket

Location: Edinburgh’s Old Town

Admission: free

6. Take a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia

Visit the famous former yacht of the British Royal family and delve into 44 years of its glorious history. Explore the interiors of Britannia, the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II and a symbol of the Commonwealth. You can also immerse yourself in the luxurious experience and stay at the nearby floating hotel.

What to see at the Royal Yacht Britannia:

  • The State Apartments
  • The Crew’s Quarters
  • The Royal Sailing Exhibition
  • The Engine Room
  • Royal Deck Tea Room

Location: Ocean Drive, Leith

Admission: £18

7. Discover the city’s darkest secrets

The Edinburgh Dungeon is the most exciting place to learn about Scotland’s dark past and have scary fun. Enjoy the ultimate horror experience while exploring the urban history of Edinburgh, from famous murderers to corrupt courts from the past. This night will remain in your memory for a long time.

What to see at the Edinburgh Dungeon:

  • The Courtroom
  • The Torture Chamber
  • Greyfriar’s Kirkyard
  • The Grassmarket Gallows
  • Cannibal’s Cave

Location: 31 Market Street

Admission: £21.95 and £19.76 if booked online

8. Enjoy a great day out at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Explore the famous museum that can entertain visitors of all ages. See the renowned Camera Obscura and enjoy over 100 interactive exhibits with breathtaking optical illusions and tricks. Touch the world of magic and test your abilities. Go to the rooftop and enjoy the magnificent 360-degree views of the city.

What to see at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions:

  • Rooftop Terrace
  • The Magic Gallery 
  • Light Fantastic
  • Thermal Camera
  • Bewilderworld

Location: The Royal Mile, 549 Castlehill

Admission: £19.95 and £18.95 if booked online

9. Visit the royal residence

Get a chance to visit the official residence of Prince Charles in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Get inspired by the refined interiors of the palace and feel like a part of the Royal family while exploring 14 historic and State Apartments. Learn more about the dramatic events in the history of Scotland at the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots.

What to see at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • The State Apartments
  • Holyrood Abbey
  • Royal Gardens
  • The Queen’s Gallery

Location: Canongate, Royal Mile

Admission: £17.50

10. Climb Calton Hill

Calton Hill is another destination on our list where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city and spot most of its landmarks, from Arthur’s Seat to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. However, climbing Calton Hill isn’t just about the views. You can see many historic monuments, such as the Scottish National Monument. Athens’ Parthenon served as inspiration for the memorial, which was never completed.

What to see at Calton Hill

  • Scottish National Monument
  • Dugald Stewart Monument
  • Robert Burns Monument
  • Nelson Monument
  • City Observatory

Location: 32 Greenside Road

Admission: free

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